Parent-initiated treatment — Notice to parents of available treatment options.
(1) If a parent or guardian, for the purpose of mental health treatment or evaluation, brings his or her minor child to an evaluation and treatment facility, a hospital emergency room, an inpatient facility licensed under chapter 72.23 RCW, or an inpatient facility licensed under chapter 70.41 or 71.12 RCW operating inpatient psychiatric beds for minors, the facility is required to promptly provide written and verbal notice of all statutorily available treatment options contained in this chapter. The notice need not be given more than once if written and verbal notice has already been provided and documented by the facility.
(2) The provision of notice must be documented by the facilities required to give notice under subsection (1) of this section and must be accompanied by a signed acknowledgment of receipt by the parent or guardian. The notice must contain the following information:
(a) All current statutorily available treatment options including but not limited to those provided in this chapter; and
(b) The procedures to be followed to utilize the treatment options described in this chapter.
(3) The department shall produce, and make available, the written notification that must include, at a minimum, the information contained in subsection (2) of this section. The department must revise the written notification as necessary to reflect changes in the law.
[2011 c 302 § 1; 2003 c 107 § 1. Formerly RCW 71.34.056.]